Microblogging and social networking portal Tumblr has disappeared from Apple’s App Store with no explanation from the iPhone maker. The issue was first reported by PiunikaWeb, which revealed that the App Store would only show the Tumblr app if Safe Mode was disabled. But even that was removed soon after. Users who removed the app, thinking that they will reinstall it couldn’t as they discovered that the app was missing from the App Store. However, for some users, it was reported that they could re-download the app by going to their purchases page
Tumblr has commented that it is investigating “issues with the iOS app” and will continue to provide updates.
“We’re working to resolve an issue with the iOS app and hope to be fully functional again soon. We really appreciate your patience as we figure this out, and we’ll update this article when we have news to share,” said Tumblr in a blogpost.
According to a report from The Verge, the removal of the app has been caused over the issue of inappropriate content.
Besides Tumblr, Apple has also reportedly taken steps to remove the numerous third-party apps that would allow the users to get new stickers for instant messaging app WhatsApp.
As per WABetaInfo, the Twitter account that keeps a track on the upcoming WhatsApp features, Apple is removing all third-party WhatsApp Sticker apps from its App Store as they “are violating their guidelines.”
WABetaInfo even gave three reasons for which Apple is doing this. Firstly, it says that the App Store has too many apps with similar behaviour. Secondly, in order to download these apps, having WhatsApp is a pre-requisite, which is against their policy as apps should not require another apps in order to use them. Lastly, WABetaInfo states that the design of these apps is also the same.